House GOP Angry Over Word ‘God’ Being Left Out of Air Force Joke

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Sounds Masonic.

The official motto of some obscure Air Force acquisitions office WAS, translated from Latin, “Doing God’s work with other people’s money.” Ha ha. They at least have a morose sense of humor about using taxpayer money to procure killing machines! UNTIL, that is, some cabal of whining atheists complained bitterly about the use of any reference to God, even in this joking context, and the inside-joke motto was changed to, “Doing miracles with other people’s money.” YAWN. The joke is kind of ruined! HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO THE RESCUE with a completely irony-free letter signed by 35 lawmakers demanding to know, “what are you atheists doing removing references to God from anything military?!?!” even though, like we mentioned, JOKE.

From the Religion News Service:

“The action taken by the RCO suggests that all references to God, regardless of their context, must be removed from the military,” the congressional letter states. “We ask that you reverse this perplexing decision.”

According to the lawmakers, all members of the bipartisan prayer caucus, the RCO patch logo previously included the motto “Opus Dei Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus” (Doing God’s Work with Other People’s Money), an inside joke among RCO members. Caucus members say it was changed to “Miraculi Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus” (Doing Miracles with Other People’s Money).

 
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The letter argues that “courts consistently have upheld the constitutionality of our national motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ despite the obvious mention of God.”

JOKE.[Religion News Service]

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      1. Tundra Grifter

        sfr:

        I thought it was "JESUS SAVES… He Passes To Gretzky… Gretzky Shoots… He Scores!"

    1. BarryOPotter

      No. Jesus saves, Moses, still under binding contract, "Kills 'em all and lets God sort 'em out," you know, doing the Man's work.

      Rebarbative cabal of whining atheists, guilty of apostasy and, paradoxically, averse to truthiness in patches…

          1. Sue4466

            Nope! Republicans NEVER complain about wasting money when it's about the military. Hence the "AND" to start my comment.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little fucked up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?

    1. fuflans

      right? assholes ran and won on this and have spent the last two years legislating on god and abortion.

      assholes.

      1. MittBorg

        I have a Ugandan friend named Theo, which he assures me is short for Theophilus, which means "lover of God," because, as he says, "I am always thinking of fucking god."

        I'll tell him to bring the long-handled toasting forks.

      2. BarryOPotter

        I can feel the fires already…

        Can anyone suggest a salve to combat the itching and burning L_P is starting to feel? Among other presents, that's also what you get for messing with ol' Crazy Eyes. Oh, wait, what? That's not what you meant? May bad. Move along, people, nothing to, erm, see here…

  1. mavenmaven

    I wonder what the teabagger Protestants will do if they hear that the air force is in the hands of "opus dei"…

  2. Texan_Bulldog

    Wing-tards had their senses of humor removed to make room for more faux righteous indignation….and deep-fried Twinkies.

  3. owhatever

    I didn't see the word God in there anywhere. It actually is an old Kenyan tribal saying about not trying sexytime with a sleeping lion. Why do Republicans hate lions?

  4. BlueStateLibel

    WTF do Republican "lawmakers" actually do all day??? What's next, creating controversy over the Library of Congress' filing system?

      1. MittBorg

        This is how old I am: when I knew anything at all about libraries, they used the Dewey Decimal System. Has it been replaced? (raises shield)

        1. Negligently_Joe

          Library of Congress uses its own system, which is actually somewhat the gold standard at this point for any academic library, at least. This, in turn, is a different system than they use for Government documents in the Federal Depositories, which use their own filing system.

          ::worked for the library back in college::

    1. Negropolis

      Maybe not the filing system, but I could totally see this Republican Congress sponsoring a federal book burning at the Library of Congress.

      Hell, forget books; I fully expect these bastards to put smart, mouthy women on trial for being witches…but only the liberal ones, of course.

    1. Angry_Marmot

      A cousin of mine in SAC said there was a sign under the mountain that read "PEACE IS OUR PROFESSION", and someone penciled underneath, "Mass Murder Is Our Specialty".

  5. CommieLibunatic

    This makes me want to compress humanity into bricks and build a giant wall to keep all you insane fuckers out.

        1. MittBorg

          Are you fucking kidding me, if it ever comes to Soylent Green I am so taking the quick way off the planet. Geez, I *know* what my fellow-humans eat, and most of them are not fit for human consumption.

    1. HarryButtle

      I love this. Either I'm not as crazy as I thought I was…or you're as nuts as me. Either way, I'm not so lonely anymore.

  6. JackDempsey1

    Oh, sure, God's got a great sense of humor, although he was (and is) a notorious joke-stealer. Most of "His" classic stuff? Totally stolen from Adam. You think he was banished for eating fruit?

  7. C_R_Eature

    The fact that this was the Most Important Thing these 35 "lawmakers" did all day either has me enraged or thankful that they didn't have time to do any real damage to the Republic.

    I'm not sure which, quite yet.

  8. Ohforcripessake

    Yea, God outsourced all the mayhem he used to do to us humans. Gives him more time to work on perfecting the platypus.

      1. Negropolis

        And, the twinkie. The two go hand-in-hand. The perfection of god can be seen in its immutable, creamy, yellow-cake goodness.

        1. Angry_Marmot

          Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last cockroach has eaten the last Twinkie, only then will Republicans find money cannot be eaten and God cannot be bought off with ass-kissing.

  9. Negligently_Joe

    So on one hand, I do kinda agree that the motto was funnier before, and sort of loses its "zing" in its current form.

    On the other hand, it's LITERALLY gallows humor. As in, the humor of the gallows. In that it's jokes about legally-sanctioned forms of murder.

    So all in all, I'm left mostly irritated that my tax money is paying the salary of people who spent today complaining about this stuff, and doing probably nothing else.

    1. HarryButtle

      To be fair: if they're busy complaining, they're not bombing the shit out of anybody. If I've got to pay them at all, I'd rather pay them to not bomb people.

      1. Negligently_Joe

        On the other hand, the thing they're complaining about is that we're not invoking God enough while we're bombing the shit out of people. Speaking of which, I think I just found a non-atheism reason people might have wanted to change that motto.

    1. paris biltong

      Friends of Bill and their brethren spend inordinate amounts of time and effort, IMO, trying to figure out whether godastheyunderstandhimorit has a sense of humor, whereas it is obviously their own sense of humor which is at issue. They're funny that way.

  10. Negligently_Joe

    New motto for Congress:

    "Complaining about completely pointless culture war bullshit, with other people's money"

    or, if you prefer the Latin:

    Questus de Omnino Frustra Culturae Bellum Stercore Tauri, Pecunia Alienum Efficemus

          1. GregComlish

            This is just like when Jesus overturned the moneychangers' tables as a viral marketing stunt for Jerusalem Savings and Loan. He needed to highlight their lower fee structure and generous mortgage rates.

          2. jus_wonderin

            I was at the ATM the other day. God was getting fastcash and I peeked over his shoulder. Wouldn't ya know, at just that moment he was entering his PIN.

  11. Blueb4sunrise

    Dern it. Them Muslins get ta 'Allah this' and 'Allah that' all over the place, and we can't even keep our real true GOD in a fucking joke .

    Also, I agree with _Joe that the joke works better with 'God' in it. More tension with what they are actually doing.

  12. PhilippePetain

    I love it when republicans are forced to defend rampant government spending and making jokes about god.

  13. PsycWench

    I'm so glad to see that Republicans have something to spend their time on so that they won't have to be all bored trying to think up ways to create jobs.

  14. Tundra Grifter

    Since it's the fuckin' taxpayers' money, I'd feel a bit better if their motto was "Caveat Emptor."

  15. JustPixelz

    Hooray! ALL our other problems are solved so we can focus on obscure Latin phrases. After that's fixed up, Congress can fix the alphabet. "Q" looks too much like "O". It's a disgrace.

        1. MittBorg

          You do know that she HATES being called "Babs," right?

          Barb's husband, Jeffer, posted on an earlier thread that she was out of surgery and resting comfortably. He'll let us know more at some later, unspecified time. Poor man was exhausted.

          1. BearNoLike

            Talking about Barb? Barb is the pointy tail of the devil, injecting thinky-ness into the fatty upper arm of stupid. Hope everything is ok.

          2. MittBorg

            That is the best-EVAH description of Barb!

            She had some expected and needed surgery and is now in recovery. She will grace us soon with her dazzling wit, I'm sure.

          3. Nothingisamiss

            I'm so glad you posted this, I've been wondering. I can't always be up on EVERYTHING. It's simply exhausting.

            *Scratches. Pours self another diet coke*

    1. ShaveTheWhales

      For some reason, that set me off on a giggling jag that lasted about five minutes. In fact, it's still going on.

  16. JustPixelz

    One thing I know: God sure isn't doing God's work any more. Otherwise there'd be a cure for AIDS, children would not go hungry, religion would a force that unites us.

  17. not that Dewey

    The Air Force was talking to a slightly deaf patch embroiderer, and had really wanted the motto to read "Doing Rod's Work…"

  18. KeepFnThatChicken

    It could be Mitt's acquisition office soon. What's Latin for "Sending Moroni's Work To China"?

  19. voodooeconomics

    Lord have mercy. Can never win with the American Taliban Party.
    Leave GOD out they want GOD in.
    Take GOD out they demand to put it back.

  20. C_R_Eature

    "Pater, dimitte nobis quid faciendum
    Ut nobis indulgeas, dimíssis
    Puteus dimitte unusquisque donec et convertam hyacintho
    ergo puteus sibilabit et piscantur in caelum"

    Father Forgive us for what we must do
    You forgive us, we forgive You.
    We'll forgive each other until we both turn blue
    then we'll whistle and go fishing in Heaven.

  21. johnnyzhivago

    "More than two million American homeowners will get at least $25 billion in relief from the nation’s biggest banks as part of a broad settlement to be announced as early as Thursday with state and federal authorities."

    Great – now the banks are going to ask for the $50 quadrillion dollars to pay off these homeowners from Obama!

  22. johnnyzhivago

    OT: Does anyone else have Intense Debate jumping all over the page while posting a comment. I figured it was my PC, but I just held my nose and went over to breibert.tv (or whatever it is) which uses Intense Debate – and it worked completely normally. Could be some sort of filter to stop epileptics from using the site, I guess….

    1. Negligently_Joe

      I've had that problem on and off. It's most frequent on my phone, but my work and (rarely) home computers do it, too. (Safari, Explorer, and Chrome, respectively)

      Err, not that I'm posting when I'm supposed to be doing work, or while I'm taking "bathroom breaks" or anything.

        1. Biff

          It was happening to me before the prodigal ginger returned, I figured it was errant script, but I don't know anything about script, other than it seized my rig up cold until it's done writing. Tried the noscript add-on, but it fouled up everything else, basically killed the village to save it…

    2. Huevos Ocupados

      Yeah, it's going all wonky on me too. I can't even upfist a brother without the page going back to the top.

  23. Limeylizzie

    Hi Wonketteers, I have an update on our beloved Barb and her lady bits, she is weak but OK and should be home tomorrow, she is on a morphine drip-mmmm yummy- and had a great surgical team, all this is from MrBarb, he will update or maybe Barb herself will email tomorrow.

    1. C_R_Eature

      Thanks very much, Liz. I think everyone's been waiting on Barb News with Bated Breath, as it were!

    2. Extemporanus

      Thanks for the news, Lizzie (& Jeffer!)

      Any word on whether or not the doctors are going to allow her to bring Jarb home with her?

        1. Extemporanus

          "Annnd, who's da cutest widdle-biddle lady bits in da whole wide world? You are, Jarb! Yes you are! Yes you are, you adorable widdle itty-bitty Barb discharge you! Why, you're so cute, I swear that I could just eat you up!"

          *pinches lid*

      1. Jeffer

        From Dr. Okun's description, Jarb #1 was "Knobby and very large" And then she described Jarbs #2-6.
        I don't want to steal Barb's thunder though. She's the star of the show and deserves her proper credit.

    3. ThundercatHo

      Glad to hear that all went well. Did you remind Mr. Barb that they should save her uterus to hurl at the congress critters? Get well soon, Barb!

    4. Tundra Grifter

      Do you know who else had problems with lady bits?

      But seriously – great news and I'm glad to hear it!

      Easily tops Donald Chump endorsing Mittens who promptly loses 3 primaries to a guy consistently polling in single digits.

    5. Fare la Volpe

      Great to hear! Send her our warmest internet kitten cuddles.

      And ask her how much she wants for the good pills. I have a…friend.

  24. SayItWithWookies

    Well — I'm disappointed in my fellow atheists. Removing reverent mentions of the deity is one thing, but calling for the removal of an official phrase that mocks The LORD is just a little too doctrinaire for my taste.

    But you've still gotta hand it to the Republicans — they won't let anyone look stupider than they are. They've made finding a new lowest common denominator into an art form.

  25. Crank_Tango

    Truthfully, it should read "Killing Browns with Borrowed Greenbacks," but that might offend somebody.

  26. iburl

    Maybe WonkettePac can create an issue ad about jokes. Everyone reading this who is a Billionaire, please send in your money.

    1. Fukui_sanYesOta

      I thought exactly the same thing. My latin teacher would have thrown his board eraser at the idiots.

  27. Negropolis

    Really? Come on. Really? I'm kind of speechless.

    Wait; let me get this straight. They are angry not at the offensive joke motto, but that atheist wanted to take god out of it? Both of sides are total losers arguing over a fucking joke.

    Ugh.

    America, this (and that we even have a fuckin' "bi-partisan prayer caucus" in Congress) is why we can't have nice things.

  28. Negropolis

    My guillotine is totally purring after hearing about this criminal waste of time. Baby's getting thirsty, thirsty for the blood needed to water the tree of liberty. We can only deny her her just desserts for awhile yet longer…

    1. cheetojeebus

      oh aren't, we all fancy pants, I am so jealous, all i got is a stump and a dull axe with IBS.

  29. Negropolis

    The motto should have been a threatening line from the venerable Stewie Griffin of Family Guy infamy:

    "Dear God…stay out of our way."

  30. johnnyzhivago

    Firefox and Chrome seem to work fine – and other I.D. sites appear ok – it must be some script or something here interacting with IE9, and I tell you I've had more problems with IE9 than Mitt Romney had votes last night.

  31. CapnFatback

    If controversies about God didn't exist, it would be necessary for Man to invent them.*

    _______________________
    *Because Man is a dithering asshole.

  32. Jeffer

    Barb Update:_Barb is doing well. I just spoke to her on the phone. I'm going back in the morning, but she's very tired._(Please excuse any mispells)_The surgery took about half an hour more than expected. One of the fibroids was much larger than expected and it took a while to remove The surgeon (A VERY competent Asian lady, thank god for Tiger Mom's today!) said it was very large and she had to "wrestle" it out before extracting the five other ones. Barb made it through like an ace though. Spent a couple of hours in recovery, and was in her room. I spent an hour or two with her and then left her with her new friend, Mr. Morphine button._Barb's a bit groggy, and weak from blood loss. In good spirits and asking about everyone here at Wonkette. She asked about the last post, and I told her about Santorum winning the primarys last night. Her eye's got big and she asked "All of them?" And then asked if the morphine drip was working properly, lol._If they can get a few things done, she can be out and at home tomorrow. The first is to get her walking around, which for some reason they have decided to try tonight

    1. ShaveTheWhales

      Good to hear everything came out all right. Also, if there was any doubt, it appears that the surgery was a good idea.

      My best wishes to both of you.

    2. Extemporanus

      The love and respect you two crazy kids so clearly have for each other should make this open relationship involving Mr. Morphine Button a short-lived one.

      Get some well-deserved rest, sir, and please let Barb know that a big, fat bouquet of upfists awaits her when she's ready to come roaring back.

    3. Negropolis

      So glad to hear, and thanks for the update.

      Yes, Barb; he won all of them, Katie. All of them, Katie, indeed.

      Get well soon.

    4. Steverino247

      That walking thing is very, very important. The quicker you can get up and around, the quicker everything starts to work again. Reduces pneumonia and other risks as well. It's a real pain to do (and I'm speaking from "wonderful" experience here) but the humans that get back up and move go home.

    5. Biff

      Great news. Walking is good. Also, poop. Must poop. It seems that morphine is at odds with this bodily function, but it must be overcome.

    6. jus_wonderin

      Great news. Thanks for the update. I'd take all the pain away, if I could, but I don't have the right parts.

    7. chascates

      Staying on morphine until the election might be the best way to deal with Santorum & Co. Take care and watch old British comedies (Fawlty Towers, The Goods, etc)!

    8. Chet Kincaid

      Good God, is this turning into a "community"? I hate when that happens.

      But seriously, thank you for the update and here's to a speedy, hopefully minimally-painful recovery for Barb. Morphine up-thumbs!

  33. DocChaos

    Each step of this story is like descending into another level of assholery.

    I'd root for the defense department douchebags to keep their flippant motto, but it would make the cretinous Christmongers in congress happy, so I'm left waiting for the procurement office to get it's motto back and then get the axe due to defense department budget cuts that Republicans agreed to, but never thought would happen.

  34. Terry

    The GOP'ers must be so excited that they have something new to rant about in their next newsletter to their supporters.

  35. BaldarTFlagass

    So, what does the Rapid Capabilities Office do? From the USAF website:
    "Mission
    The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office expedites development and fielding of select Department of Defense combat support and weapon systems by leveraging defense-wide technology development efforts and existing operational capabilities. The Board of Directors tasks the office directly to address needs that involve mission applications and operational concepts requiring specialized expertise, and involve sensitive activities managed by other government agencies. The office also conducts projects on accelerated timelines."

    I work for the Air Force myself, and this one has "boondoggle" written all over it. In fact, I just applied for an intraservice transfer.

    1. Steverino247

      In other words, it's very cool state-of-the-art shit you're not supposed to know about. The Air Force really can't resist talking about what they're not supposed to talk about and they love little inside joke patches like this. Somebody needs to bitchslap somebody at the RCO about this.

    2. MittBorg

      Anytime they start with that "leveraging existing operational capabilities" bullshit, you know it's time to pull out the waders. Good luck with the transfer!

  36. elburritodeluxe

    Oh, it's no mystery, House Republican douchebags. Obama is a Muslim extremist who is busy preparing internment camps for Christians and as a sign of that, he is desecrating Christian symbols everywhere starting with obscure military patches.

  37. Baconzgood

    Oh man…..Now Jim HAS to go see Brad Stine at CPAC. If they have so much not a sense of humor I gotta get a report as to what they think is funny. Knock-knock jokes?

  38. LiveToServeYa

    While killing people in Latin is much classier than in English, the RCO actually works on the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, an unmanned space plane test platform. No doubt it will eventually be used to deliver munitions, embedded in a tasteful urn, on top of any funeral or wedding in the world with only an hours notice. Or, as Caesar would say: "Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam."

  39. Crowe2011

    Probably the same reason that if studied the methodology and sociology of scientific disciplines you still wouldn't call yourself a 'scientologist'; because it (like 'Opus Dei') is the name of a creepy as fuck cult-within-a-cult? Just guessing.

  40. prommie

    Whiny atheists don't get the credit they deserve for originating the uber-annoying victimhood meme "Stop shoving your _______ down my throat" that has since been adopted by conservatives.

    1. paris biltong

      Please: "Santorum Wipes the Floor with NBC’s Gregory" (shouldn't it be the opposite?). Gimme a break.

      1. chascates

        FoxNation often runs those So-and-so Schools Jon Stewart or Former Flack Takes Rachel Maddow to the Woodshed! hedes. Most Fox viewers have such a small grasp on reality (from watching Fox) that their implanted fears and prejudices are nicely massaged just by reading the lead. And even if they watch the edited clips they come away with the satisfaction that there are real god-fearing Americans standing up to us secular humanist daily bathers.

  41. paris biltong

    You want real stupid? Take Bill Kristol (please):
    "But if Mitt Romney's weaknesses persist — and especially if Romneycare turns out to be as formidable weapon as it now seems to be in the hands of Rick Santorum; [...] if Santorum now passes Newt Gingrich in national Republican surveys, continues to do better than Gingrich (and than Romney?) in poll match-ups against President Obama, and over the next weeks becomes the conservative alternative to Romney; if national conservative and grassroots leaders (Sarah Palin?) and local ones in key states now rally to Santorum…"

    1. Biff

      Anybody else, in the history of forever, that was as consistently wrong as stupid fucking bill Kristol, would be perpetually unemployed and homeless. My hat is off to him for finding a host, anyway.

  42. Tundra Grifter

    LesB:

    Thank you. I'm 95% sure that's original. Now that it's out in cyberspace, you'll quite welcome to it.

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